Anti-Racism Statement

Our vision is to bring light and hope to every family affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire. In the five decades since Candlelighters was formed, we have grown and adapted in so many ways to help us achieve this vision. 

One of our core values is to care for patients, families, supporters, staff, and the wider community we operate in. We know that many of the people we serve face challenges which may be exacerbated by race and that we have a duty as an organisation to mitigate these challenges where we have the power to do so.

We want to create a culture where everyone we work with is heard, valued, and cared for.

Candlelighters are committed to growing and adapting to make this happen and have begun taking action to achieve this.

Some of the actions we’re taking:

  • An external review with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional to review and help address where we can improve our processes and operations to remove barriers and ensure fair treatment for all.
  • Starting dialogue with and listening to people from ethnic minority backgrounds on issues they face and how we can alleviate them.
  • Delivering anti-racism training to all members of staff and reinforcing a culture of safety for staff to talk about race.

This is only the start of an ongoing pledge to become an anti-racist organisation. We will continue to develop and grow, striving to improve our knowledge and use our influence to contribute a more inclusive society.

If you’d like to speak to someone about this statement, you can contact us at [email protected].

Our stories

Company of the Month… Absolute Warehouse Services!
06-01-23Our stories • Posted by Gill Davenport
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Absolute Warehouse Services! Absolute Warehouse have been supporting Candlelighters since 2018 and have donated an amazing £19,000 during that time. Most recently, they sponsored the Candlelighters Christmas Party for the second time by making a very generous donation of £5,500 and …
Company of the Month… Lovell Eastern!
15-12-22Our stories • Posted by Gill Davenport
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Lovell Eastern! Charity of the Year partners Lovell Eastern have so far raised a fantastic £8,590 for Candlelighters by undertaking all sorts of fabulous fundraising, including: Hosting a charity golf day in July Giving donations from the sale of show home …
Company of the Month… Intuitive Business Intelligence
08-11-22Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Intuitive Business Intelligence! During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Intuitive got stuck in raising funds and awareness for children with cancer. They got involved in our 150 Mile Challenge, even putting their own twist on it by splitting into teams …
Candlelighters is GOING GOLDEN for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
27-09-22Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) takes place in September each year, with children’s cancer charities worldwide taking the opportunity to increase awareness of childhood cancer to raise vital funds to support their work. Around 1,800 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK with 150 children diagnosed in Yorkshire alone. Receiving a cancer …
Company of the Month … D&D London!!
16-09-22Our stories • Posted by Niamh Sedgwick
We are delighted to announce that our latest company of the month is D&D London! D&D London first began supporting Candlelighters in July by asking customers to add a £1 donation to their bill, across their four Leeds restaurants, Crafthouse, Angelica, Issho and East 59th. Across the four restaurants in July, they raised £1,185. As …
Candlelighters’ Annual General Meeting (AGM)
13-09-22Our stories • Posted by Niamh Sedgwick
Candlelighters’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) 28/09/22 – 28/09/22 About this Event You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting When: Wednesday 28th September 2022. Where: We are hoping that this will be held in person at The Square. This will be confirmed around a week before the event. Time: 6:00-6:30 (Can meet from 5:30 for refreshments) …
Harrogate Candlelighters announce their annual main event!
19-08-22Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
The wait is now over….on behalf of Harrogate Candlelighters we would like to invite you to our annual main event, the first in 4 years! Saturday 26th November 2022 ‘NARNIA’ at the Pavilions of Harrogate The Pavilions of Harrogate are being transformed into a fabulously magical winter Narnia scene. There’s an exquisite menu of contemporary cuisine, together …
Company of the Month… Optm!
29-07-22Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce that our latest Company of the Month is the fantastic Optm! They have recently hit the incredible milestone of £150,000 raised since they became part of the Candlelighters family eight years ago. The amazing people at Optm have taken on some fabulous challenges and events to raise funds, from walking …
Participants needed for rhabdomyosarcoma research
10-06-22Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our friends at Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) are funding a study to help understand decision-making for relapsed and refractory rhabdomyosarcoma. Researchers including Dr Bob Phillips and Dr Jess Morgan are looking for parents or carers of children and young people with relapsed or refractory rhabdomyosarcoma, or young people themselves, to have one telephone …

Your stories

Supporter Spotlight: Leeds Paediatric Dentistry Team
27-10-22Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to say a huge thank you to the Leeds Paediatric Dentistry Team who took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise funds for Candlelighters! Claudia Heggie from the team said, ‘As a children’s dentistry team, we work with oncology teams to make sure that children have healthy mouths ahead of their cancer …